Monday, March 31, 2008

David's Family

Meet David's family! I wish you could all have the blessing of meeting them in person as I did and experience their warm hospitality and delightful company. What a great family!

We'll start with David's mom and dad. David's mom (Maryanne) is blessed with talent. She paints incredible pictures, cooks delicious meals, and thinks of every possible way to make a person feel right at home! She even sent me home with a beautiful framed painting that she did of Mt. Errigal. I couldn't believe that she gave me such a treasure!
David's dad (Caldwell) is man of God who loves preaching the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to the lost and does so very well and with passion. (Click here to hear him!) It was a highlight for me, hearing him preach. He also works with horses--doing some early stage training and breaking before selling them. Here is a picture of him hunting down a fox that was after the chickens...!

Next, meet Paul (David's brother) and Karen. They live a few minutes away from David's parents and were great fun to hang out with. They invited us over for the most amazing pizza one night (I'd never heard of bananas on pizza before that! It was great stuff!).

Paul and Karen have two children. Their oldest is Rhiannon and she was my little buddy while I was there. She LOVED my violin and we played all sorts of songs together on it. What an cute!

Their youngest is Reuben. He will be two this summer and is learning to say all sorts of words. He even learned to say my name by the time I left!
Sarah, is David's only sister and she was a blast to be with. She left halfway through my visit to go to Israel on a tour but the time I was able to spend with her was a lot of fun.

Here are a few more shots of the kiddos...because I just couldn't resist!

David and his little shadow

Karen and a sleepy boy.

Rhiannon loved bowling when we went one evening. She had the highest score for a long time (aided by various kid's bowling tools of course--Now that I think about it, I should have used them too!)

Little Reuben


And that is David's wonderful family--the favorite part of my trip!


Timothy and Rebecca and Carolyn said...

It looks like your David comes from a fabulous family. It's so wonderful when you get to meet new and wonderful people!

Janna said...

Great post, Melanie! I can't wait to hear some of your stories 'in person'. :)

Stacey said...

Amazing pictures!!

Karen said...

They seem like such a wonderful family Melanie. And I am sure they just loved you too!